Our design for YouTube’s outdoor “Moonlit Theater” has been featured in the landscape lighting segment of Lighting Today’s newest issue. Lighting Today is an architectural lighting magazine based in Singapore and our project appears on page 75 of the latest issue.
December 18, 2013
We are happy to be partnering with Callison again on a new project. This time we will be working together on the renovation of The Westlake Plaza and Center in Thousand Oaks, CA. The ideally located neighborhood plaza has been a key area for lifestyle shopping and dining, and we are excited to update the charming plaza with a fresh look.
December 17, 2013
“Can you specify some floodlights to light our sign?” That was the directive given to us to light the YouTube sign located on the side of their office/sound stage complex in Playa Vista, CA. We looked at the sign and thought that floodlighting would not be a great solution, because the sign was offset from the wall and that the shadows would be distracting. We felt that halo-lighting would be a better solution and make it easier to read at nighttime.
November 10, 2013
*Or not, since on December 11, 2013, the California Energy Commission has decided to postpone the implementation until July 1st 2014.
While the new standards are estimated to reduce energy consumption by 25% for residential and 30% for commercial buildings, the impacts design are pretty significant. Lighting is said to currently account for approximately 30% of California’s electricity use. So, you know this will affect your project’s lighting design, but how?
November 1, 2013
We are pleased to announce our association with The Bloc, in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. We will be working closely with The Ratkovich Company (our client on YouTube), Studio One Eleven and EPT Design. Expect some lighting surprises when the project is done!
October 16, 2013
Oculus principal Archit Jain was invited to New Delhi, India to attend the launch of vis-à-vis India Pvt. Ltd.’s new lighting and outdoor furniture experience center. The event also coincided with an exhibition on Design as Social Capital, in a dedicated exhibition space inside the experience center. Amit and Hardeep Gupta, owners of vis-à-vis had invited the who’s who of India-based architects, along with what it seemed like all the lighting designers practicing in India, whether based in India or in other parts of the world.
October 15, 2013
Passing by New Delhi’s HOK designed new (or somewhat new at least) Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3, I was struck again by how different the concourses of this this airport “feel” when compared to other airports in other cities. I’ve flown through Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London Terminal 5, Seoul, Bangkok, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and the just opened Tom Bradley International Terminal in Los Angles and somehow the Delhi airport is still different. So what is the difference?
October 10, 2013
26,000+ sft, 1000+ luminaires, 1.5 years of design and construction, metal halide, LED and fluorescent, heartburn at times—it’s all done and The Pirch Store (formerly Fixtures Living) is now open. Scott and David spent a collective 28 hours on ladders to aim the lighting in the store, and it looks great.
So if you’re looking to build a new home, or even redo your existing one, and want to make home fixture shopping a fun experience, head on over. They’ll even serve you a handcrafted espresso while you do so.
September 19, 2013
Oculus’ project, The Law Offices of Goodsill, Anderson, Quinn & Stifel, was in the news as Callison’s entry to the IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter People’s Choice Award. We enjoyed working with Callison’s team on this project, and Goodsill is clearly happy with the design of their space, as it appears prominently on their website.
Good luck to Callison on this entry!
The full entry for all projects is available here.
August 19, 2013
“Sir—keep away 4 feet from the art!” What do a bunch of lighting designers do when they see lighting art? Get in trouble of course.
The Turrell Retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is a very impressive way to experience light. Even as lighting designers used to working with a variety of lighting design projects over the years, some of us who visited the show were pretty amazed by the variety of unusual perceptual illusions created in the installations. And of course the urge to dissect the installation is always there—so in addition to legitimately poring over the details in Turrell’s displayed notebooks, we could not resist sneaking behind the magic curtain too, only to be quickly reprimanded by the guards.
August 15, 2013
Excited to work with our friends at Lifescapes on the new The Point development in El Segundo, CA. The 115,000 sft. shopping, dining and lifestyle destination is located at the crossroads of the Rosecrans Avenue and Sepulveda Blvd. in South Bay.
We will be working with the landscape architects to create a comfortable and pleasing shopping and dining experience for the project, while designing a strong nighttime identity.
August 10, 2013
The AT&T new prototypical store was featured in the All Things Digital website of the Wall Street Journal. Oculus collaborated with Callison Seattle on this project. On completing the mock prototypical design, built in full-scale, and fully stocked, Oculus is now working on the roll-outs and further design revisions with the design team.
More posts can be found online:
“AT&T unveils next-generation store design” Chain Store Age
August 2, 2013
We are a forward-thinking, growing lighting design firm located in beautiful Santa Monica, California. As our firm grows, we are looking for full time entry and mid-level lighting designers to join our talented team.
Entry to Mid-Level Lighting Designers (2 positions)
You will be working in close contact with the principals and senior designers on all aspects of the art, science and business of lighting design, including marketing, design, project management, presentations and lighting calculations. You will be working on a number of lighting design projects at a time, so good time management is a must. You will be enthusiastic and resourceful, always looking for a unique perspective and a more efficient method to help us be the best. You will be a team player and collaborate with coworkers and project team members alike. You will have the opportunity to show us a better way, and implement it too. Travel would be part of the position, both domestic and international.
July 20, 2013
With its ever-expanding base of creative content producers and viewership, YouTube has built three production facilities—in Los Angeles, London, and Tokyo—specifically dedicated to their most consistently prolific YouTube content generators. In each of these spaces, those exceptional YouTube channel stars can collaborate in studio space with audio-visual and filming equipment, all free of charge. Aside from its indoor sound stages and screening room, the Los Angeles YouTube Space also boasts of an impressive outdoor theater, seating up to 200 at a time, with a 1080p resolution projection screen and 5.1 surround sound.
July 1, 2013
“Surreal–a celebration of dreams and discoveries within the Lighting Design Industry”—that was the theme of the Lumen West 2013, the annual lighting design event organized by the Illuminating Engineering Societies of Los Angeles, Orange County and Inland Empire. And then what is surreal music? That was the question that our own Scott Hatton had to answer as the guest DJ for the cocktail hour at Lumen West.
June 10, 2013
Oculus Light Studio is a proud sponsor of the David L. DiLaura Industry Professor of Architectural Engineering Fellowship! David DiLaura was a 26 year professor at the University of Colorado’s Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering department and the reason why the Lighting Design Program there is one of the top ranked in the country.
April 4, 2013
As Lighting Designers we cannot escape looking at lighting everywhere. Instinctively we look at the ceilings and critique lighting in any place we go to (just ask my wife). We also appreciate when lighting is done well, and welcome thoughtful lighting design as it raises the bar for all of us.
The same applies to products. While in a train in Tokyo recently (JR Yamanote Line in case you are familiar with Tokyo and are interested)—I came across an ad panel for a consumer grade color temperature changing LED surface mounted fixture.
March 7, 2013
Congratulations to our friends over at AKA on their grand opening last night! This video shows Larry Korman, the CEO of Korman Communities, thanking the entire design team: AKA Beverly Hills Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
January 14, 2013
Today, I am pleased to welcome Jennifer Doran as a member of Oculus Light Studio. Jenn brings 7 years of lighting design experience with her to us. With an educational background in architecture, and a skillset in art and graphic design, Jenn complements our Studio very well, and would help serve our clients even better. Jenn has designed lighting for a variety of architectural projects ranging from military bases to casinos. While at Lumia in San Diego, she was awarded the IES Illumination Award for the Wild Horse Pass and Casino in Chandler, AZ . She has also successfully completed the design of over a dozen LEED certified projects, including the LEED Gold Combat Training Tank in Miramar, CA.
Welcome, Jenn, to Oculus. We are excited to have you here!
November 19, 2012
Our own Archit Jain, who together with Bryan Klammer is the co-coordinator of the Southern California Chapter of the International Association of Lighting Designers, helped organize a presentation and tour of the new Gensler offices located in downtown Los Angeles.